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Fellows Find: Lewis Allen, indie film pioneer

By Gracia Ramirez

Gracia Ramirez is an independent scholar whose research centers on the initiatives of independent film producers within the American film industry of the 1960s. She conducted research in the collection of American independent film and Broadway producer Lewis M. Allen last summer with support from a 2014-2015 Robert De Niro Fellowship from the Ransom Center. Below, she recounts how Allen’s shrewd production management and on-set relationships brought highly successful art-house creations to life.  

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Fellows Find: National identity’s influence on Elizabeth Bowen’s imagination

By Eibhear Walshe

Eibhear Walshe, a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at University College Cork, came to the Ransom Center in 2014 to utilize the collection of Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen. Dr. Walshe’s publications include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life (2006), Cissie’s Abattoir (2009), Oscar’s Shadow (2011),  and The Diary of Mary Travers (2014). In addition, Walshe has edited a selection of publications including Elizabeth Bowen Remembered (1999), The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Volume 4 (2002), and Elizabeth Bowen: Visions and Revisions (2008). His research was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment as part of the Ransom Center’s fellowship program. Read more

Coleccionismo comprometido

By Harry Ransom Center

Cuando se busca en tiempo atrás los orígenes de las bibliotecas de investigación, damos con una larga historia de académicos dedicados a recabar colecciones de acuerdo a su interés personal, construyendo en torno suyo ateneos de libros que documentaran sus muy particulares metas de investigación. Y muchas veces, cuando dicho académico proseguía su carrera –en otro trabajo o en otro contexto intelectual- la colección emprendida se marchitaba, sin la mente directriz inicial que siguiera contando su historia. Read more

Ransom Center accepting applications for research fellowships in the humanities

By Jennifer Tisdale

The Ransom Center invites applications for its 2016–2017 research fellowships. More than 50 fellowships will be awarded for projects that require substantial onsite use of the Center’s collections, supporting research in all areas of the humanities including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. Read more

Commitment to collecting

By Harry Ransom Center

Going back to the origins of research libraries, there is a long history of scholars building collections to suit personal interests, constructing around themselves an athenaeum of books that supported their individual research goals. And when that scholar moved on—to another job or another world—the collection sometimes withered, without a champion to continue telling its story. Read more

Video: Fellow discusses further research in photographic albums

By Marlene Renz

Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is a visual anthropologist based at the University of Cambridge as an affiliated lecturer and research associate at the Centre of South Asian Studies and a research fellow at Clare Hall College.  She is currently working on her research project, “Visual priming and Ceylonese identities since the late nineteenth century.” Read more